Freshman kicker Jack Russell will look to start his own legacy in Madison.
Over the past four years, the Badgers enjoyed the amenity that was kicker Philip Welch and punter Brad Nortman on special teams.
Other than a bit of a hiccup last season with Welch's injury, these two could be counted on to get the job done—for the most part—until they each graduated last season.
Now, there is a cloud of uncertainty surrounding special teams, especially at kicker, where both freshman Jack Russell and sophomore Kyle French are expected to get kicks on Saturday (via Evan Flood).
Russell was listed as the starting placekicker at the beginning of the week, but Bret Bielema noted it could come down to game time as to who gets the first chance. French, who filled in for Welch at times last season, will be the kickoff man.
At punter, another freshman—Drew Meyer—is locked in. He was a bit shaky in the spring, but he looks to finally be settling in.
Of course, with the Badgers going up against Northern Iowa, we probably won't see him get much of a chance to prove himself. Likewise with both Russell and French.
Nevertheless, keep your eyes peeled for the new faces on special teams. They'll be around for awhile.